Finding the time to consistently practice yoga can be difficult – even for seasoned yogis. This is especially the case when you are often on the go!
It can be easy to feel as though you don't have the time, space, or right equipment to practice yoga when you are busy. This can also be a problem when you are travelling or on holiday. When this is the case, the worst decision you can make is to not practice at all!
Time, space, equipment – all of these are small issues that can be easily resolved in order to keep your yoga practice going.
Read on for my advice on sticking to your yoga practice when you are on the go!
When you don't have enough time for your usual yoga routine then try to reconsider the expectations that you are placing on yourself.
There is no need to spend an hour or more at your mat every time you take to it. In fact, if you can carve out just a few minutes each day to flow through some basic poses, then you are still staying on top of your yoga practice!
If you are able to give just five to ten minutes to yoga when you are away from home, or during especially busy periods, then this is a good goal. These five to ten minutes can be used to practice your favourite poses so that you truly enjoy this time.
When you begin your ten minute session, you will likely often find that you continue for longer, and perhaps even that you had more time than you thought!
When you are on the go then doing yoga in the morning can often be the best idea. Waking up a little bit earlier than you otherwise would, and beginning your morning in this way, will mean that you've already accomplished this goal for the day before you've even set foot out the door!
If you have enough space to put a mat down then you have enough space to practice yoga!
When you are travelling and staying in unfamiliar accommodation then you may not feel as though your surroundings are suitable for your practice. It may seem as though the space that you do have is too small or too cluttered to be conducive to a peaceful practice.
If you are staying in a hotel room (or similar) because you are travelling, then the amount of space that you have will of course vary.
Try to get creative and work with what you've got. Figure out the poses that you can do and then put your own sequences together!
Having a yoga mat is one of the only things you really need to get started with yoga. However, it is not absolutely necessary to always practice with a mat and there is no harm in not using one from time to time.
Instead of using a mat, find a comfortable spot on the floor and utilise any rugs, blankets, or pillows that you have available to you. If you are practicing yoga outside whilst on the go then it can be a whole new experience to connect with the ground, especially if you are on grass or on a beautiful sandy beach!
Online Yoga Videos
If you are feeling a bit lost as you can't get along to your regular yoga class, then seeking some guidance online is a simple solution!
There are so many online yoga videos available that you can always find one to suit your specific needs at the time.
If you have 30 minutes to dedicate to your yoga practice whilst on the go, then I recommend my 30 Minute Yoga Flow. This is the perfect choice for ending the day, and I really love doing this flow outside!
If you are looking for a shorter yoga fix, then my 10 Minute Yoga Sequence is a much better choice! This flow is great for stimulating your internal organs as well as calming and resetting the mind.
On The Go Yoga Poses
If you only have time for a select few yoga poses every day, then you want to make sure you are choosing some good ones!
Doing at least one inversion every day would be my absolute first piece of pose choosing advice. These poses serve to strengthen the body, whilst also boosting your balance and enhancing your focus.
Good inversions to choose from are shoulder stands, downward dog pose, dolphin pose, or legs up the wall pose. All of these poses will help to gently awaken the body, get the blood flowing, and stimulate your mind.
If you are squeezing your yoga practice in at the end of the day, the choosing some restorative poses would be my top tip. Restorative poses such as child's pose, corpse pose, happy baby pose, or reclining hero pose, are incredibly relaxing and great for releasing tension – just what you need at the end of a long day on the go!
Trust me, I know first-hand how chaotic life can be and how sometimes it can feel impossible to take the time you need to do the things you want. However, it's so important to remember that YOU are in ultimately in charge of your own life and your own time.
If you know that there are certain things that nourish you and lift you up, such as doing yoga or meditating, then allow yourself the time to do so!
When you begin to see yoga as a lifestyle, and not just something that you do every now and then, then it will become so much easier mentally to prioritise it.
Let's face it, there are going to be some days when you just aren't able to fit it in – and that's okay. Go gentle on yourself and do the best you can.
Yoga For Stress
A regular yoga practice is such an amazing way to keep stress at bay, and this is likely something you already know by now!
Making the time for yoga is such an amazing way to help to eliminate your stress and anxiety. When this is a priority, then you are going to feel better able to stay on top of your own self-care and you will surely soon feel the benefits.
In order to help you build upon this concept I would like to share with you my top ten tried and tested tips for keeping stress and anxiety away!
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